let's turn to route conniff, editor for progressive magazine. will arming teachers make our kids safer really? >> yeah, i mean, you've got to wonder, have we lost our minds? you know, i understand why individual teachers, just like individuals anywhere who feel threatened might personally seek the solution that they want to get some training with a gun, they're worried about their personal safety. but this is not a public policy solution. this is not a systematic solution. and you know, as a mother of two little girls in elementary school and one in middle school, you know, how can we as parents, as a society say that we want to send our kids out to buildings that are bristling with more weapons? it's just nuts. and for the teachers themselves, small wonder that the a.f.t., the largest teachers union in the country, is opposed to this. teachers don't go to school and learn how to educate little children so they can become sharpshooters. and they don't want to go to a workplace where they're in danger of being mowed down.